The European Film Forum Scanorama presented its expanded short film competition Glimpses of Europe. The programme, which has replaced a regional short film competition New Baltic Cinema in its 13th edition, is to showcase new film talents from all over Europe.

This year, the organisers received twice as many entries as in previous years, from which 16 short films from 10 European countries were selected. The selection will be screened in three separate programmes at this year's Scanorama on 17-19 November. The films will be reviewed by an international jury, which will choose and announce the best overall film and the best Lithuanian film. The authors of the selected films will compete for cash prizes totalling €8,000. The winners will be announced on 19 November.

Born in 2008 as the Baltic short film competition New Baltic Cinema and having expanded to the whole Baltic Sea region in 2019, this year's event has changed its name to Glimpses of Europe and welcomes Scanorama's 20th anniversary with an ambitious goal of becoming a major player in the European short film scene. This year, the competition welcomed entries by young filmmakers from all around Europe.

“The competition has maintained its key objectives to reflect the trends of young cinema, seek out new talent and provide it with a platform. By expanding the geography of the competition, we sought to offer European filmmakers a strong space for artistic exploration and dialogue, helping them lay down the first contours of their own universes,” says Gražina Arlickaitė, Scanorama’s founder and artistic director.

This year's Glimpses of Europe jury will be headed by Cédric Succivalli, Italian film critic and programmer, in charge of the Giornate degli Autore parallel programme at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. He will be assisted by Otto Suuronen, short film distribution coordinator at the Finnish Film Foundation, and Christof Wehmeier, Head of International Relations at the Icelandic Film Centre.

“Short film is an alternative territory for the creative and thought processes, which frees up artistic exploration and experimentation. We wish to provide the new voices in European film with this new space of opportunities that encourages one to open up towards newer and greater professional challenges,” says Cédric Succivalli.

Films selected for this year’s Glimpses of Europe:

  1. Spiral, dir. Salla Sorri, Eva-Maria Koskinen, Finland
  2. The Devil, dir. Jan Bujnowski, Poland
  3. Vague, dir. Joni Tuominen, Finland
  4. Invisible Border, dir. Mark Siegfried Gerstorfer, Austria
  5. Hollywood, dir. Tia Kouvo, Sweden
  6. Exterior Day, dir. Giulia Magno, Italy
  7. Curiosa, dir. Tessa Moult-Milewska, United Kingdom
  8. Blue Hour, dir. Stacey Rushchak, Poland
  9. Memoir of a Veering Storm, dir. Sofia Georgovassili, Greece
  10. Tramway, dir. Bartosz Reetz, Poland
  11. Task, dir. Deyan Rumen Angelov, Bulgaria
  12. #LIKE4LIKE, dir. Serhii Mysak, Ukraine
  13. Dance, dir. Danielius Minkevičius, Lithuania
  14. Through Gloom, dir. Arnas Balčiūnas, Lithuania
  15. Before Pandemic and War, There were bed bugs and love, dir. Nuruzzaman Khan, Lithuania
  16. Caprice, dir. Beatričė Bukantytė, Raskto Novaković, Lithuania

The jury will award:

a cash prize of €5,000 by the LATGA Association for the best film in the overall programme
a cash prize of €3,000 by the Lithuanian Film Centre for the best film by a Lithuanian director

This year's edition of the European Film Forum Scanorama will be held on 10-20 November in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, and Šiauliai.

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Astra Film Festival brings again the Dome-type cinema to Piața Mare in Sibiu and proposes, between October 9-16, the special AFF New Media program, dedicated to viewers of all ages who want to be initiated in digital cinema - Concept Art, VR, Augmented Reality. The International Documentary Film Festival in Sibiu will thus be an exceptional itinerant excursion, from classic non-fiction cinema to immersive, unconventional cinema that uses the latest creative technologies, from viewings in the cinema to the unprecedented 360-degree cross-media projections experience. Tickets for AFF2022 films and events have gone on sale and can be purchased here: https://bilete.astrafilm.ro/.

Started six years ago, as the only program of its kind in Romania, the films created and projected in the format of new technologies are grouped this year under the aegis of Astra Film NewMedia, signaling the fact that, after 6 years, the production of films dedicated to immersive stories has changed, it has diversified and evolved.

"If 2020 was the year of a reinvention forced by the pandemic, and we had Astra Film Online and Astra Film Outdoor, in 2022 we are returning to the digital education platform and transforming Piața Mare into the most intense point of interaction for fans of unconventional cinematography. In the dome located in the heart of Sibiu, immersive and 360° films will be projected, a selection of the best productions of the moment, relevant for the New Media area", declares Dumitru Budrala, director-founder of Astra Film Festival.

AFF New Media audiences will enjoy an immersive cinematic experience, watching some of the newest and most immersive 360° films. It will basically be a continuous journey. From the microcosm to the macrocosm, from the microscopic to the celestial, on the rhythms of electronic music and jazz ("Black Mantis" - UK, 2021). We will immerse in a spiritual journey, triggered by a dose of ayahuasca ("Ayahuasca, Kosmik journey" - France, Luxembourg, 2019 - film selected at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2019), or into the story of the endless journey of the two Voyager space probes, which carry with them the interstellar message sent from Earth to possible extraterrestrial civilizations ("Voyager: the never ending journey", Ukraine, 2019).

The audience will be drawn into a hypnotic and immersive experience where questions are raised subtly, with fantasy and lyricism ("I don't understand" - Spain, 2022), in a visual feast that amazes with the instant connection with the sky and nature, through music ("Piano Under the Stars" - Chile, Spain, 2020), or directly into the mysteries of the Universe, as they are revealed by scientists from the largest radio telescope in the world, together with the Yamaji people - on whose land the telescope is built ("Star Dreaming" - Australia, 2021).

There will be screenings dedicated also to younger audiences, invited to find out curiosities and explanations about light and the way we perceive it, in a unique fulldome experience ("Travelling with light" - Spain, 2020), traditions and scientific methods derived from a journey in the footsteps of Captain Cook and the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman ("Ngā Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators" - New Zealand, 2021), the story of the seasons, with a strong educational character ("Magic globe - a story of the seasons" - Poland , 2020) or "Legend of the Enchanted Reef" - Germany, 2021, an adventure film to be watched with the whole family.

 

About Astra Film Festival

Astra Film Festival Sibiu, launched in 1993 as an innovative project, is one of the most important non-fiction film festivals in Europe, and was included by the European Film Academy on the list of festivals that have the right to make direct nominations for European Film Awards.

Astra Film Festival is placed under the High Patronage of the President of Romania and is organized by Astra Film, CNM Astra and the Astra Film Foundation, with the support of the Sibiu County Council, The Ministry of Culture, The National Center of Cinematography, The Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sibiu and The Filmmakers Union. The event is co-financed by the Sibiu Local Council through the Sibiu City Hall and by the European Union through the Creative Europe Program.

Sponsors: Campari, Promenada Sibiu, Ursus, Cotnari, Cinelab, CineGold, Sonne, Kulinarium, Cafe Pardon, Nod

Main Media Partners: PRO TV, VOYO

Supported by Europa FM

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Delivery partner: DPD România

Travel partner: Nordis Travel

Reading partner: Cărturești

Communications Partner: PiArt Vision

Children and teenagers have their own festival again. Astra Film Junior, the first and most complex cinema education program in Romania, returns to Sibiu between October 9th -16th. Designed for three age categories (6+, 11+ and 15+), the AF Junior educational program includes film screenings in cinema halls and in the full-dome 360 cinema (Astra Film New Media Full Dome), followed by didactic activities in  class, comic strips contest and a film workshop. Details about the Astra Film Festival program on the website https://www.astrafilm.ro/program-2022.

Astra Film Junior presents a selection of the best productions on the market of narrative documentary films for children and teenagers.  "Everything will be great because you will expand your horizons.  And, through the Astra Film New Media Full Dome program, you will see immersive projections, come into contact with new technologies and get acquainted with an unusual type of cinema, in 360 ̊ format, where the film surrounds the viewer", Dumitru Budrala, director-founder of Astra Film Festival conveys to the young viewers  

The organizers have prepared for the viewers in the 6+ category life stories of children close to their own age, children who came out of anonymity by thinking outside the box, through a constant desire for knowledge and insight. Yang, an 11-year-old boy from China, makes many sacrifices to learn all about traditional Chinese theater (The Monkey King, 2019). Aatos, Amine and Flo, three inseparable friends from a neighborhood in Brussels, are looking for answers to big people's questions (Aatos and the World, 2019). Azat and his colleagues, from Tartastan, are 12 years old and as little journalists they take care of an important mission each week (Azat and Youtubers from Tartastan, 2018). In turn, Clara, Matei and their friends embark on a journey full of adventures in the Danube Delta (Sentries of the Delta, 2022). And the film #On the Web answers some questions such as What is and how does the internet work?, Who are the trolls?, What about the influencers?.

Viewers in the 11+ category will learn about the dreams of children from different corners of the world: Asho, from Iran, wants to become a famous actor (Asho, 2019); Ayana, a girl from Kyrgyzstan, would like to be first in an exclusively male sport (Ayana, 2019); Rehad, from Denmark, wants to become a pigeon breeder (Bird Boy, 2019), and Julieta, a young woman from the Netherlands, initiates an action to clean the ocean which she considers her second home (Julieta & the turtles in the plastic soup, 2020).

High school students will discover, in the program dedicated to the 15+ category, the life of one of the most followed 14-year-old girls on Instagram (Girl Gang, 2022), the artistic maturation of a Norwegian singer who drops out of school to become a pop star (Aurora, 2019 ) or the way in which the image of the communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu is perceived by today's teenagers (You Are Ceaușescu to Me, 2021). Through the documentary films selected for them, young people learn how to react to sexual predators in the online environment (Caught in the Net, 2020) and what are the effects of the rapid spread of artificial intelligence - saving humanity or, on the contrary, its total control (iHuman, 2019).

Young and very young viewers are also invited to the immersive full-dome cinema 360 screenings in the Dome installed in Piața Mare (Astra Film New Media Full Dome special program). Through spectacular filming, they will learn that there are other sources of light besides the Sun (Travelling with Light, 2019), mysteries of the Universe will be revealed to them with the help of the largest radio telescope (Star Dreaming, 2021), and they will get to follow the story of interstellar messages carried to extraterrestrial civilizations by space probes launched 45 years ago (VOYAGER: the Never-Ending Journey, 2019). At the same time, young viewers will retrace Captain Cook's journey through the Pacific Ocean (The Navigators, 2021), see how an electronic music composer finds inspiration in the sound of the Arctic Ocean (-22.7C, 2021) and follow with their hearts the adventures of Shorty, Indigo and Jake in Legend of the Enchanted Reef (2021), a film for the whole family, full of humor and imagination.

"We have a generation that consumes a lot of audiovisual content from an early age but is given too few opportunities to reflect on it. The role of the Astra Film Junior program is precisely this: to provide them with the necessary tools for the formation of critical thinking and for exercising the agility to understand the audiovisual content to which they are exposed", said Dumitru Budrala.

Astra Film Junior also contains a Film Workshop for high school students, which aims to practice both the ability of teenagers to understand a documentary film and the process by which it is made, as well as the ability to speak in public. The long-awaited meeting with comic strips will not be missed - a creative educational tool through which children and teenagers are called to analyze and interpret the films they watch and tell their own story through comic strips - an exercise to strengthen the skill of creating a work on a given theme.

The teaching staff and educational counselors who will accompany the children to the screenings will benefit from the "Profession of Educator" training, in which they learn how documentary cinema can be used in the educational process. There will be a special screening for them: the disturbing documentary film "Why didn't you stay for me?" (directed by Milou Gevers, 2020), which will be accompanied by a presentation and followed by a free discussion about the help we can offer to children who are going through difficult times after the loss of a parent.

 

About Astra Film Festival

Astra Film Festival Sibiu, launched in 1993 as an innovative project, is one of the most important non-fiction film festivals in Europe, and was included by the European Film Academy on the list of festivals that have the right to make direct nominations for European Film Awards.

Astra Film Festival is placed under the High Patronage of the President of Romania and is organized by Astra Film, CNM Astra and the Astra Film Foundation, with the support of the Sibiu County Council, The Ministry of Culture, The National Center of Cinematography, The Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sibiu and The Filmmakers Union. The event is co-financed by the Sibiu Local Council through the Sibiu City Hall and by the European Union through the Creative Europe Program.

The Astra Film Festival in Sibiu, which will take place between October 9th -16th, presents a selection of the newest and most valuable Romanian documentary films of the moment. In total, 17 Romanian films will be screened, of which 14 can be seen for the first time in Romania, in Sibiu. All of them make up a puzzle of the Romanian society. The screenings will take place in the presence of the filmmakers, who will enter a dialogue with the audience. After the 29th edition of #AFF, some films will also be watched online in Romania, and Astra Film organizers will be able to make direct nominations for the European Film Awards, from among the award-winning films.

"This autumn's edition will truly be a festival, in all the bright senses of the word, if we think about the fact that most of the films in the official selection are premieres and bring to the big screen never-before-seen content. They are poorly financed productions, which brings an additional argument to the idea that we are talking about films with relevant, valuable content. And when Romanian films which were developed in Sibiu, in the "laboratories" of the festival are released, their success is a celebration for the entire Romanian cinema community", said Dumitru Budrala, director-founder of Astra Film Festival.

Comunities

The film from the opening of the festival, "The Chalice. Of Sons and Daughters", by Cătălina Tesăr and Dana Bunescu (2022 - national premiere), exposes for the first time in the cinema, the interesting world of the `cortorari`. The film shows the world of this traditional Roma community from Transylvania, exploring ancient customs, marked by arranged marriages, at the center of which is, symbolically placed, a golden cup handed down from generation to generation. The film was conceived a few years ago within the DokTank Astra Film laboratory program, and in order to document it, Cătălina Tesăr, PhD in anthropology at University College London, spent two years among the locals, during which she learned the language and customs.

Communities and traditions are also discussed in two other films. "Memories from the community of Gheorgheni and Frumoasa", by Armine Vosganian (2022) - international premiere, features 100-year-old Peter, the only man from Frumoasa who still speaks Armenian and knows the customs of the elderly.  Alexandra Gulea also makes a deep foray into the community of Aromanians in their historical exile, between the mountains and the sea ("Flying sheep", co-production Romania, Germany, 2022 - international premiere, Central and Eastern Europe Section).

Writer Adina Popescu and director Iulian Ghervas bring to Sibiu, as an international premiere, a documentary film that uses as a pretext the story of a football team that has been in the bottom league for decades, to explore how a rural community in the middle of Transylvania lives, prisoner in an anonymous world ("Eagles from Șaga", 2021).

Communism and post-communism

Documentary filmmakers are studying again the impact of the communist regime on the lives of so many generations. The communist regime left deep wounds and destinies to chance. Dragoș Zămosteanu is "In search of the engineer Dragomirescu" (2022) - the story of a person sent to prison and never returning for singing "Deșteaptă-te, Române!" and "Vântuleț de primăvară". In "Rear Entrance to Socialism" (2022), László Csibi describes communist censorship as perceived by Hungarian media representatives, members of political structures and cultural figures who were active during the communist regime.

In "Globus" (co-production Romania-Poland, 2022 - world premiere), Clara Kleininger sensitively watches how the trainers of the Globus State Circus become acrobats and clowns after their animals are taken to the Zoo. And in "The Man and His Shadow", by Dragoș Hanciu (2021), we see how Georges, a flamboyant technician in the photo lab at UNATC, loses his job when digital photography gains ground in front of analog photography.

One of the most surprising films of this year is ”You Are Ceaușescu To me”, by Sebastian Mihăilescu (2022), an experimental mix of documentary and fiction that will be presented in Sibiu as part of the Astra Film Junior program. The film follows the reactions of young people between the ages of 15 and 22, from different backgrounds, who want to play the role of Nicolae Ceaușescu, at a time when the former communist dictator was very young.

Migration

Two Romanian films from the official selection address the phenomenon of migration. In "Waves on dry soil" (2021 - world premiere), Raluca David filmed in Ecuador, the Republic of Moldova and Portugal the story of a young Moldovan surfer who tries to overcome his immigrant status, while "Arsenie`s First Birthday", by Valentin-Rareș Fogoroș (2022 - world premiere), follows the struggle of a woman from Ukraine, a refugee in our country, who fights with the bureaucracy to obtain EU documents for her son, Arsenie.

Destinies 

One of the most emotional portraits that will be presented at this AFF edition is "Trapped in His Own Movie" (2022 - world premiere), in which Alexandru Oiță presents the fate of director Andrei Cătălin Băleanu, showing how life really beats film. Another portrait, collective this time, is that of the people who are building a section of the Via Transilvanica - the road of more than 1,400 kilometers "that unites" ("People of the Road: Terra Banatica", by Mircea Gherase, 2021).

Another story, with deep meanings and with the occasion for essential questions, is the journey that a young woman makes, in the time of Covid19 restrictions, to a 500-year-old pilgrimage destination: Șumuleu Ciuc / Csíksomlyó ("My Home, My Home" , by Anikó Nagy, 2020 - national premiere). And "Too Close" (2022), by Botond Püsök, is a tense story about a mother with 2 children, and her turmoil when she must accept parental visitation from the father of the second child, after he is released from the penitentiary where he had been imprisoned for what he did to the woman's first child.

One of the films in the official DocSchool selection seeks an answer to a difficult question, "What happens after death?" ("One click away", by Janine Gruen (2022 - world premiere), and the young viewers of AF Junior will see the adventures of some children in a camp in the Danube Delta, who discover two poachers fishing illegally ("The Sentries of the Delta", by Liviu Mărghidan, 2022).The official #AFF2022 selection also presents a surprising satirical documentary essay, "Whose dog am I?", by Róbert Árpád Lakatos (2022 - Romanian premiere), which shows big politics as a world where citizens are dogs, and politicians - dog breeders.

About Astra Film Festival

Astra Film Festival Sibiu, launched in 1993 as an innovative project, is one of the most important non-fiction film festivals in Europe, and was included by the European Film Academy on the list of festivals that have the right to make direct nominations for European Film Awards.

Astra Film Festival is placed under the High Patronage of the President of Romania and is organized by Astra Film, CNM Astra and the Astra Film Foundation, with the support of the Sibiu County Council, The Ministry of Culture, The National Center of Cinematography, The Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sibiu and The Filmmakers Union. The event is co-financed by the Sibiu Local Council through the Sibiu City Hall and by the European Union through the Creative Europe Program.

A weekend as if torn from a beautiful dream in Sibiu, where hundreds of people had a unique experience: floating in boats, in the moonlight, watching films projected on a huge screen, located between windmills, in the middle of Dumbrava Sibiului. The AFF Warm-Up event was offered to the audience by the Astra Film Festival organizers, representing also an invitation to the international documentary film festival that will take place in Sibiu, in cinemas and online, between October 9th -16th , 2022. Some films, most of which will be seen in premiere in Romania at  #AFF2022 will later be available online, for the audience from all over the country.

Those who came over the weekend to the Astra Museum in Sibiu enjoyed a couple of wonderful autumn evenings. People were welcomed by the Astra Film Festival organizers with hot tea, served in cups on which suggestive messages from the non-fiction films "Who made you?" and "River" were written. To watch these films, the audience boarded boats or hydro-bikes and floated on the lake towards the screen located next to a thicket of reeds, between windmills. There, on the shore, at Casa Podarului, there were several hundred other spectators, who did not get to buy tickets for the boats.

On the first night, viewers from the floating cinema were faced with simple and direct questions about the future in which humans will coexist with artificial intelligence. The deepest and most philosophical moments of "Who made you?" (r. Härmä Iiris, Finland) were the surprising dialogues between children and robots. On the second evening, the viewers of the event film "River" (dir. Jennifer Peedom and Joseph Nizet, Australia, USA) experienced something extraordinary: it was as if the rivers on the screen were flowing into the water of the lake in the middle of Dumbrava Sibiului and up, to the starry sky, carrying with them the unspoken thoughts of people enthralled by the experience they were living.

`I had heard about film screenings seen from boats floating on the lake, and I really wanted to take part in something like that. I came from Bucharest specifically for this` said a lady, on the alley next to the pier.

"I rowed in the night, among the stars and reeds, among the moments of the past, present and future", recounted a young woman deeply marked by the experience. 

We felt the film trying to stay still. But our boat moved smoothly, carried by the subtle currents of the lake. As in life", said, after getting off the boat, an elegantly dressed gentleman. 

"It is exciting and spectacular to float on boats, in the moonlight, to be able to watch a film premiering in Romania, on a huge screen between windmills. We are waiting for our audience this weekend, all lovers of non-fiction cinema, at the Astra Film Festival, where we have prepared over 200 cultural events", said Dumitru Budrala, director and founder of the Astra Film Festival.

The AFF Warm-Up also included a very interesting discussion between documentary film professionals and teenagers from Sibiu, an event through which the Astra Film Festival organizers announce the return to the festival calendar, through screenings and special events in cinema halls and full-dome, of the Astra Film Junior program, the most popular film education project through documentary film in Romania.

About Astra Film Festival

Astra Film Festival Sibiu, launched in 1993 as an innovative project, is one of the most important non-fiction film festivals in Europe, and was included by the European Film Academy on the list of festivals that have the right to make direct nominations for European Film Awards.

Astra Film Festival is placed under the High Patronage of the President of Romania and is organized by Astra Film, CNM Astra and the Astra Film Foundation, with the support of the Sibiu County Council, The Ministry of Culture, The National Center of Cinematography, The Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sibiu and The Filmmakers Union. The event is co-financed by the Sibiu Local Council through the Sibiu City Hall and by the European Union through the Creative Europe Program.

Pustnik’s third development residency of the year – part of the Pustnik Screenwriting Network –  will take place from October 9th to 16th. Five writers will be working on their sophomore fiction feature screenplays in Izvoranu, a rural setting in Romania.

The selected projects are:
“Disorder" by Giacomo Abbruzzese, Italy
“RARA AVIS” by Octav Chelaru, Romania
“The Last Generation” by Mika Gustafson & Alexander Öhrstrand, Sweden 
“A Day in the Life of J: Chapter Phaedra” by Jacqueline Lentzou, Greece

A graduate of Le Fresnoy, Giacomo Abbruzzese’s short films were selected and awarded in international festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen, Viennale, Palm Springs, Mar del Plata, Tampere, IndieLisboa, Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, and Winterthur. He was an artist in residence at Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. In 2022 he was nominated for a César with his documentary America and also finished shooting his debut feature Disco Boy, starring Franz Rogowski. 

Octav Chelaru is a self-taught Romanian director. He has written and directed five short films;  his two most recent, Black Clothes (2017) and The Parallel State (2020), both premiered in competition in Locarno. His debut feature film, the Romanian-German-Serbian co-production A Higher Law (2021) was in competition at Transilvania IFF and selected in Thessaloniki IFF, Goa IFF and Ghent IFF.

The writing duo Mika Gustafson & Alexander Öhrstrand co-wrote the feature film Sisters, currently in post-production and set to premiere in 2023. A Bachelor in film directing from Valand film academy in Göteborg, Sweden, Mika’s debut documentary Silvana won the Swedish National film award. Apart from co-writing Sisters and The Last Generation with Mika Gustafson, Alexander Öhrstrand is a successful actor and also develops theatre plays. 

Having directed six films until now, Jacqueline Lentzou’s work touches upon non-traditional family systems and their consequences. Retrospectives on her full bodywork have taken place in Montreal, Vienna, Porto and Ghent and she is the New York Onassis foundation fellowship recipient for 2022. Jacqueline is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Leica Cine Discovery Award by Semaine de La Critique for Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year (2018), as well as the Grand Prix in Reykjavik IFF and Sevilla Film Festival for Moon, 66 Questions (2021), her debut feature which premiered in Berlinale Encounters Competition. 

At different stages in their writing process, the residents will take advantage of the peaceful and secluded environment to reflect on their projects and work with Pustnik’s guest consultants – producer Bianca Oana and psychotherapist/narrative consultant Delia Vasile.

The October residency caps off Pustnik’s first year of extended support for emerging filmmakers. 

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About Pustnik:
Pustnik is a year-round programme that aims to create an environment dedicated to peace of mind and clarity of thought, away from modern pressures. Pustnik is also a growing network of film professionals and a community whose aim is to ease and encourage collaboration across the international cinema industry. Starting with 2021 Pustnik has begun a new cycle: a series of three development residencies dedicated to both new participants and alumni working on their first or second feature films.

For more information:

www.pustnik.com
www.facebook.com/pustnik

Andreea Pătru – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pustnik is organized by T.E.T.A Association

TETA is an NGO founded in June 2006 with the purpose of developing cultural activities and alternative education to stimulate cultural revival within overlooked communities. TETA also produces films and theatre performances.

Cultural program co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN), Romanian Filmmakers’ Union (UCIN), Dacin Sara, French Institute Romania

Partners: European Short Pitch, National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" - UNATC Bucharest

Media partners: Film New Europe, Films in Frame, All about Romanian Cinema - aarc.ro


The program does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the program, nor for the manner in which the results of the program might be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the grant.

Submit your creative feature-length documentaries, factual series and non-fiction VR and transmedia projects from the CEE region in development, production and post-production to the 12th edition of the East Doc Platform (March 24-30, 2023). The East Doc Platform 2023 will take place at the French Institute in Prague, organized by the Institute of Documentary Film in association with One World Film Festival.

The East Doc Platform is the largest co-production, funding and distribution platform tailor-made for Central and East European documentaries. Every year, we connect European filmmakers with key decision makers - producers, broadcasters, distributors and festival programmers from all over the world.

Dates: March 24-30, 2023
Where: French institute in Prague, Czech Republic
Application deadline: November 13, 2022
>> APPLY NOW (free of charge)

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What projects are we looking for? Creative feature length documentary films (creative story/character-driven), factual series, and non-fiction transmedia (interactive factual, VR/AR) projects from Central and Eastern Europe in development, production and postproduction stage. The selection is also open to the international productions with projects thematically bound to the CEE region.

East Doc Forum: Pitching for Central and East European creative documentary projects in development or in production stage, including factual series. Participation includes five day-long pitch training and preparation, networking opportunities and individual meetings with invited decision makers.

East Doc Interactive: A three day-long workshop with consultations and networking opportunities for documentary projects with VR and interactive elements in development or in production.

East Doc Series: A part of the East Doc Forum, a three day-long pitch training and consultations, with pitch and networking opportunities for documentary series projects in development or in production.

East Doc Market: Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with decision makers for documentary projects in production and post-production.

Since 2001, more than 300 documentary films have been completed with the direct support of the East Doc Forum, including award-winning Over the LimitA New ShiftWhen the War ComesSofia’s Last AmbulanceUkrainian SheriffsThe Russian JobDomino Effect and Rabbit a la Berlin.

The East Doc Platform is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film in association with One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

Find more information including the application HERE.

We are looking forward to receiving your projects!

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The poster is being adapted to several languages and can be found in the download area of your Cinema Area on our website. You will also find the logos updated in the languages and soon an updated social media kit that we encourage you to use for your communication surrounding the European Arthouse Cinema Day on Sunday 13 November 2022.

We are happy to inform you that the registrations for the European Arthouse Cinema Day 2022, taking place on Sunday 13th November are now open. 

The registration comes also with few updates on our website, for which we would like to give you some instructions here below. 

Creating an account for the Cinema Area

Each participating cinema (or company, in case you own/manage multiple cinemas) will have to register and create an account. Please note that only one account is needed to manage more cinemas. Please register with your company name. You can add later the cinemas in your listing.

Once the registration is completed, you will receive an automatic email asking you to confirm your registration. At this point, you will be able to log into your dashboard in the cinema area, with the name and password given during the registration process. 

Your Cinema Area

In your cinema area you will have access to a dashboard, where you can add the cinemas to your profile, manage your listing, update the information for the cinema(s) at any time, and to the downloads page.

You can either add a cinema from the list of cinemas who participated in 2021, by selecting the country, the city and the name of the cinema; or, you can register a new cinema in case you can't find it already in the list, and completing all the information requested.  

Register now

 

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BIAFF Film festival closing ceremony took place on 25 September, at Cinema Apollo 

Festival Jury awarded prizes in three competition sections – Feature Films  and Short Films.

BIAFF 2022 international competition section’s Jury consisting of five members – Lech Majewski (Poland) – Head of Jury, Carmen Grey (Germany),  Lasha Khalvashi, Nino Basilia, Gela Babluani (Georgia),  awarded the following prizes:

  • Best Film – “Klondike”, Maryna Er Gorbach, Turkey/Ukraine, 2022
  • Best Film Director –  Maryna Er Gorbach for “Klondike”, Turkey/Ukraine, 2022
  • Best Actress – Mariam Khundadze in “Room of My Own”, Soso Bliadze, Georgia, Germany, 2022
  • Best Actor – Amir Aghaee for “Four Walls”, Bahman Gobhadi, Turkey/UK, 2021
  • Jury Special Mention – „Herd Immunity“, Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Kazakhstan/France, 2021 and “Room of My Own”, Soso Bliadze, Georgia/Germany, 2022

BIAFF 2022 Short Film competition section’s Jury consisting of – Zurab Tsintskiladze (Georgia), Ileana Stanculescu (Romania), Tornike Gogrichiani (Georgia), awarded the following prizes:

  • The Best Short film –  “It’s quiet here”, Novruz Hikmet / Olena Podolianko , Ukraine, 2022
  • Jury Special Mentions - “Axel”, Levan Uchaneishvili, Georgia, 2022  and  “Nothing To See Here”, Nicolas Bouchez, Portugal, 2022

Prize of Jury of Batumi Cinemalover’s Club  (Roi Abuselidze, Anna Oromtsadze, Dachi Mejidov) – was awarded to two short films:

  • “Easter”, Nikoloz Verdzadze, Georgia, 2022; 25 min.
  • “Ronin’s Confession”, Giorgi Khukhunaishvili, Georgia, 2022; 10 min.

BIAFF 2022 Life time Achievement awards for contribution to cinema was granted to:

  • Lech Majewski (Poland)
  • Tengiz Archvadze (Georgia)
  • Zurab Tsintskiladze (Georgia)

Festival Supporters –  Embassy of Switzerland, French Institute, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Lietuva, Batumi Puppet Theatre, GNTA

Cinema APOLLO, hotel “Admiral“,   Hotel “Downtown”, Hotel “Bel Mare”, company ART ITALY GROUP, Mareteli Friends Winery, Marketing company “SHINDI”,  Komuna Hostel & Hotel,  “ReformerFitness”, Restaurant “Shemoikhede”

Festival Media Partners – Georgian Public Broadcaster, Radio Fortuna/Fortuna+, Adjara TV, Batumi TV, Podcast Batumi, Film New Europe (www.filmneweurope.com), AT.GE, Newspaper BATUMELEBI, netgazeti.ge, CinExpress.ge

Festival partners for presenting films – Matchfactory, New Europe Film Sales, Arizona Productions, Hanwayfilms, DirectoryFilms, ArtHood Entertainment, Asian Shadows, Irimage  

Contact information:
Tel: 599-482181, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., For accreditation – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: www.biaff.org, www.facebook.com/biaffbatumi